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Asbestos can ruin the lives of people who become sick with one of the many Asbestos- related diseases. Most people are exposed to asbestos while at work, which unfortunately, is where we spend most of our time. Being a great insulator, asbestos is often used as insulation in buildings and remains in many buildings today because it is more dangerous to take it out. Taking it out would cause the small asbestos fibers to become airborne which could then cause more harm than good. Now that asbestos is known to make people fatally ill with diseases such as Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and Asbestosis, help is available to compensate victims of asbestos disease.

In a current news article from the United Kingdom’s Ponteford and Castlford Express, a 67 year old woman was exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with Mesothelioma from her five years of working as a Tailoress in a factory. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Although the woman, named June Preston, worked in the factory for a short five years, it was plenty of time to come into contact with the tiny asbestos fibers that lodge into the lungs. Sadly, in March of this year, June passed away due to her exposure to asbestos. Her husband is currently seeking compensation for her death.

Asbestos is found in many factories and is extremely common in certain materials used in construction or similar jobs. It is said that in most big cities, you can find the small asbestos fibers in the lungs of the people who live there. Not all of those people will become sick, but those who have had enough exposure may. There are many jobs, job sites, and professions that can make your risks of contracting an asbestos related disease much higher than others such as:

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Exposure to asbestos can cause various forms of diseases from asbestosis to various forms of cancer including mesothelioma. Exposure to asbestos often occurred in construction trades or industrial sites such as shipyards, refineries, power plants, manufacturing plants, foundries, paper mills, military bases and ships. Additionally, many wives were exposed through their husband’s occupational exposure to asbestos through dust brought home on their work clothes and performing cleaning and laundry in the family home.

Asbestos diseases have a long latency period between exposure and diagnosis. In many cases, the latency period can be up to 40 or 50 years. Many asbestos workers from the 1940’s through the 1980’s are just now showing signs of illness and are being diagnosed.

Asbestos manufacturers knew the dangers of asbestos as early as the 1920’s but actively conspired to keep their knowledge of the hazards of asbestos secret. The dangers of asbestos were uncovered in the late 1970’s after the government stepped in. Many asbestos manufacturers, suppliers and distributors are now willingly negotiating settlements for asbestos victims or voluntarily filing for bankruptcy protection to avoid further lawsuits and instead compensate victims through an Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust.

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A research study sponsored by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, aiming to assess how mesothelioma affects patient’s emotional and physical well being, is currently looking for mesothelioma patient volunteers. A portion of the study will assess the effectiveness of providing support to mesothelioma patients through the use of the internet. Patients participating in the study will be asked to fill out questionnaires and participate in online support group discussions. Mesothelioma patients from all over the Unitied States, including California, are invited to apply to participate in the study.

Mesothelioma is a disease that occurs in individuals who have been exposed to asbestos. The disease typically does not develop until many years have passed since the exposure took place. In some instances, mesothelioma does not develop until many decades after the person was exposed to asbestos. There is no cure for pleural malignant mesothelioma, affecting the lining of the lungs. The average life expectancy with the disease is approximately nine months, although every patient’s life expectancy varies. In some instances, patients have lived years after diagnosis, with proper medical attention.

The study, sponsored by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, has a goal of determining how to ease the suffering of those afflicted with mesothelioma.

Some studies estimate that as many as fifty percent of cancers patients will suffer from a depression or anxiety as a result of their cancer diagnosis or symptoms and treatment. The problem is compounded by the fact, that at times doctors may miss the symptoms of chronic anxiety and depression in their patients, as they are focused on the treating the cancer. In 2001 a study in the United Kingdom found that oncologists at cancer centers filed to rate their patients mental state correctly on average 26% of the time.

If you are a mesothelioma patient, and you are suffering any of these symptoms, you should discuss them with you doctor:

A feeling of sadness for more than one day Under eating, or eating way too much Loss of interest in your favorite activities Sleeplessness at night, or sleeping all day long Suicidal thoughts Lethargy
Irritability Feeling Numb Racing Thoughts Confusion over basic tasks Tingling in the hands, feet, or limbs
 

 

Remember, there are treatments for depression and anxiety, so individuals should report these symptoms to their doctors.
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In California, patients suffering any of these symptoms as a result of being diagnosed with mesothelioma, are entitled to pain and suffering damages under the law. These damages are typically proven during a lawsuit, by the patient testifying during their deposition about the emotional stress they are enduring as a result of the disease. Often time spouses and children can also provide evidence of the suffering they have witnessed. Mike Mandelbrot, founder of the Asbestos Legal Center, believes every mesothelioma patient should be compensated in the legal system for their physical and mental suffering. “All of the suffering associated with mesothelioma was 100% preventable. For decades asbestos was known to be deadly, yet manufacturers unjustifiably chose to continue using it in their products. Justice demands that every person who suffers from the industry decision to use asbestos, be compensated for their injuries.”

More information about the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center study can be found…
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